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Well, I'm not even sure this is the right place for it, but I'm concerned that using Fold It, or Fold@Home, might burden my ISP.

I've heard that some ISPs cap downloads to a few gigs per month. I'm unsure what the limit for mine would be, if one even exists.

Is the majority of the processing done on my machine with very little in the way of downloading? And with higher strain on my processor, will it cause my electricity bill to go up? Because while I'm just dandy about having my machine mathmatically solve problems, burdening my provider with hefty downloads is something I'm not so keen on.

These are all questions that I acknowledge as ignorant on my behalf.

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The update to your scores

The update to your scores and other people's scores are sent on a interval that may range from 2 minutes to 10 minutes.  every time you share the solution or reach one of the top scores in the puzzle, the solution is also sent to the server.  there is also chat traffic which is not large.  overall, i would say that traffic is not large at all, but if you are uncomfortable you can always play the game in the offline mode which would have no communication with the server.  once you'd like to update your score, or get other scores you can restart in the online mode and sync up with the world.

as for the higher strain on your CPU, i would say that this is the same as for most games.  overall power differential is likely negligible if indeed there is one.


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